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Guide to Competitive Racing

ACRONYMS 

CKC                Canoe Kayak Canada

CKC-W           Canoe Kayak Canada – Whitewater

CKO               Canoe Kayak Ontario

EOD                Eastern Ontario Division

MRC               Marathon Racing Council

MTCS             Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

OCSRA          Ontario Canoe Sprint Racing Affiliation

OMCKRA      Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association

OHPSI            Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative

NSO                National Sport Organization

PSO                 Provincial Sport Organization

SRC                Sprint Racing Council

TSO                 Territorial Sport Organization

WO                 Whitewater Ontario

WOD              Western Ontario Division

 

 

PROVINCIAL SPORT ORGANIZATION: Canoe Kayak Ontario (CKO)

Funding for amateur sports in Ontario is provided through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). Each sport that is recognized by the MTCS is represented by a Provincial Sport Organization (PSO). There are approximately 80 PSOs. More information on the Ministry’s mandate and programs can be found on their website:  MTCS Game ON.

CKO has been recognized by MTCS as the organization that represents the sport of competitive paddling in Ontario. CKO is a member based organization comprising paddlers that are members of one of three paddling affiliates: OMCKRA (marathon), OCSRA (sprint) and WO (white water). CKO is managed by an elected volunteer board of directors with equal representation from the three affilitates. CKO currently has one contract employee that assists in the administration of the organization.

Being recognized as the PSO for the sport gives CKO and its members access to funding and other programs that are offered by the Ministry, including:

 

·         OASF – Ontario Amateur Sport Funding

o   Annual grant that is distributed to the affiliates to fund specific programs/projects

 

·         Quest for Gold – funding for high performance athletes and programs

o   Direct funding to athletes and support for training camps

o   Applicable to Sprint and Whitewater

 

·         OHPSI – Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative

o   Support for high performance athletes with potential to be future Olympians

o   Applicable to Sprint

 

·         Ontario Sport Hosting Grants

o   Grants to affiliates, clubs, divisions to support hosting of National or International Championships

 

·         Ontario Summer Games participation

o   Applicable to Sprint  

 

·         Canada Summer Games participation

o   Applicable to Sprint  

 

·         Legacy assets from International canoe/kayak events hosted in Ontario

o   Access to facilities and equipment purchased or developed for international events.

CKO also offers a comprehensive liability and sport accident insurance package to its members while they are participating in sanctioned activities or conducting business on behalf of their members. The insurance premiums are charged per individual and may vary depending on the type of activity in which the member is engaged. A summary of insurance coverage and activities is available on here.

 

Membership Fees – CKO and Affiliates

CKO membership fees are levied on the individual by each affiliate, either through club fees or event fees. For the marathon affiliate CKO fees are $5 for a full membership and $3 for a single event. For the sprint and white water disciplines, CKO fees are $10 for a full membership and $5 for a single event or participation in a non-competitive program. Each affiliate may also levy additional fees as summarized below.

Affiliate Name

Membership

Benefits

Membership fees

Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA)

Membership is offered to individuals

·         Offers development programs for novice paddlers and NCCP coach training.

·         Assists race organizers in their preparations for a sanctioned event. 

·         Responsible for sanctioning marathon events in Ontario including provincial championships and selection to the National Marathon team.

·         A schedule of upcoming sanctioned and unsanctioned Marathon races is provided on their website.  

·         Also provides a newsletter and tips for marathon paddling.

Full membership is $50 per annum (discounts available for families and students). Event based membership is $5. Membership fees include CKO membership, insurance premiums and membership in the NSO.

Whitewater Ontario (WO)

Membership is offered through clubs or through individual membership.

·         Responsible for slalom, freestyle, canoe polo events in Ontario including the provincial championships.

·         Responsible for selection of Quest for Gold athletes.

·         Offers learn to paddle programs and NCCP coach training.

·         WO also operates the Gull River racing site in Minden that offers a world class racing venue as well as a campsite for recreational paddlers.

·         WO also offers a river advocacy program that protects rivers at risk and negotiates access to Ontario waterways.

Clubs pay a $25 membership fee.

Adult club membership is $25 + $16 for each additional family member. Jr. club members pay $16.

Adult individual membership is $35 + $16 for each additional family member. Jr. individual members pay $20 Membership fees include CKO membership, insurance premiums and membership in the NSO.

 OCSRA

Membership is through the clubs of the Western Ontario and Eastern Ontario Divisions of CKC (see below).

·         Responsible for provincial championships, Ontario Team Trials and other Ontario Cups

·         Responsible for selection of Quest for Gold, OHPSI and Ontario Team athletes.

·         Offers club development programs; administers NCCP coaching education

·         Offers an intensive spring training camp and other camps of a shorter duration throughout the season.

·         Selects and manages the Ontario Team that competes at the Canada Summer Games.

OCSRA membership fees are paid through club fees. Fees are for competitive members only and based on age ($10 to $20). CKO fees and insurance fees are billed separately to the divisions based on club membership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIVISIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Sprint clubs in Ontario must be members of Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC), the National Sport Organization. CKC has six divisions, two of which are in Ontario. The two divisions, Eastern and Western Ontario (EOD and WOD) are defined by geographic boundaries. Each division has their own membership fees. The divisions have equal representation on the CKO-Sprint board.

 

 

Name

Membership

Benefits

Membership fees

Western Ontario Division (WOD)

Membership is through the clubs based in Ontario in a geographic area defined by CKC. 

Responsible for divisional championships; divisional officials; healthy club system through support and communication; promotion of safe and fair competitions; financial support for high performance athletes.

Club membership fee is $150 Individual membership fees range from $3 to $15 for competitive paddlers and are paid through club fees. There may be additional entry fees for competitions.

Eastern Ontario Division (EOD)

Membership is through the clubs based in Ontario in a geographic area defined by CKC. 

Responsible for divisional championships; divisional officials; healthy club system through support and communication; promotion of safe and fair competitions.

Individual membership fees range from $10 - $35 for competitive paddlers and are paid through club fees.  There may be additional entry fees for competitions.

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC)

CKC is the national body for competitive paddling in Canada. CKC is recognized by its partners at the International Canoe Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Sport Canada as the designated authority for the sport in Canada.  Sport Canada is the primary funding source for CKC.

CKC is a member-based organization which includes clubs as well as provincial and divisional paddling associations. CKC governs three disciplines: Marathon, Whitewater and Sprint.

Name

Membership

Purpose

Membership fees

Marathon Racing Council (MRC)

Membership comprises individuals and provincial/territorial sport organizations (P/TSO).

Responsible for competition rules, National Championships, coaching education and the selection of National teams to represent Canada at International events.

Membership fees are paid through the provincial organization (OMCKRA) Membership fee: $11 per person.

Canoe Kayak Canada – Whitewater (CKC-W)

Membership is through P/TSOs.

Represents the disciplines of slalom, freestyle, canoe polo, wildwater, whitewater. Responsible for competition rules, National Championships, coaching education, the development and promotion of white water racing domestically and the selection of a National teams (through sub-discipline specific committies) to represent Canada at International events.

Membership fees are paid through the provincial organization (WO). Membership fee: $1 per person

 

Sprint Racing Council (SRC)

Membership is through the clubs of each of the six divisions (Pacific, Prairie, Western Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic)

Responsible for sanctioning new clubs, competition rules, National Championships, Canada Games, coaching education, the development and promotion of sprint racing domestically and the selection of National teams to represent Canada at International events

Membership fees are paid by the clubs directly to CKC. Membership fee: $500.00 per club (New Club Membership fees are scaled in first 5 years.) plus an individual competitive membership fee based on age ($5 to $30)

 

Dragon Boat

Must be a member of CKC through one of the three national bodies listed above (MRC, CKC-W, SRC)

CKC nominates a National Team to represent Canada at the annual ICF Dragon Boat World Championships

$100 program fee upon selection/

 

OTHER PADDLING ORGANIZATIONS

Ontario Recreational Canoe Kayak Association (ORCKA):  Manages the continued development and implementation of recreational canoeing and kayaking safety programs, paddling skills courses, and wilderness tripping and camping techniques, through the training and certification of instructors, guides, and trainers.

 

Paddle Canada: Sets national standards for instruction and certification for recreational paddling: canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP). Every year, nearly 2,200 Paddle Canada certified instructors deliver sanctioned courses to more than 10,000 paddlers across Canada. Paddle Canada certifications are nationally accredited and internationally recognized.

 

Dragon Boat Canada: The official governing body of the sport of dragon boat racing in Canada and recognized by the International Dragon Boat Federation

 

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Ryan Blair,
Apr 13, 2018, 2:01 PM
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